RUNNIN’ REBELS AT NO. 4 SAN DIEGO STATE SATURDAY
4:30 p.m. game vs. nation’s only unbeaten team to be televised by CBS Sports Network
The UNLV men’s basketball team, winner of three of its last four games, will head back out on the road to face the nation’s only unbeaten team in No. 4 San Diego State on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 4:30 p.m. at Viejas Arena in San Diego.
The Runnin’ Rebels are coming off their most complete performance of the year, as they defeated Colorado State, 80-56, Wednesday night at home. In that contest, UNLV led by as many as 35 points en route to its largest margin of victory of the season. Prior to that, the Runnin’ Rebels defeated New Mexico, 78-73, at The Pit last Saturday, lost a home to UNR, 82-79, in a program-record sixth overtime game of the season on Feb. 12, and defeated Fresno State by a point, 68-67 on Feb. 8 on a last-second shot by sophomore guard Marvin Coleman.
Sophomore guard Bryce Hamilton and junior guard Amauri Hardy lead the Runnin’ Rebels (14-14, 9-6) in scoring, averaging 15.6 and 14.0 points per game, respectively. Hamilton has scored in double figures in 15 straight games and has tallied 23 or more in six of his last nine outings. Junior forward Mbacke Diong is the team’s leading rebounder with 8.1 per contest (4th in MW). UNLV is under new leadership this year in head coach T.J. Otzelberger.
SDSU (26-0, 15-0) is in its third season under its head coach, Brian Dutcher. The Aztecs are led by Malachi Flynn’s 16.7 ppg (5th in MW) and Yanni Wetzell’s 6.5 rpg (8th in MW). Flynn also leads the team and league in assists (5.1 apg). SDSU is coming off a 72-55 road win at Boise State on Sunday.
SDSU won the season’s first meeting between the two teams, 71-67, in Las Vegas on Jan. 26.
Saturday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Jason Horowitz, Pete Gillen and John Schriffen (sidelines) calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Curtis Terry and Steve Cofield (sideline reporter) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 in Las Vegas and online via the UNLVGameday App and TuneIn.